Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – April 17, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – April 17, 2014

Jacque Saunders
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Celebrating 80 years of life

Help Jacque Saunders celebrate her 80th birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Rifle Senior Center. No gifts please, just your presence is welcome.

Easter library closure

In addition to the four Garfield County Libraries that are usually closed on Sundays, the Rifle Branch Library will be closed Sunday, April 20, in celebration of Easter. Normal hours will resume at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, for all six libraries.

“Lever-Action” appreciation

Friends, neighbors and community members all along the Colorado River Valley, thank you for supporting our recent play, “Lever-Action.” Without you, we couldn’t have done it. This production has been a labor of love for all of those involved for the last five months, and this past weekend was the culmination of a vision grounded in the belief that we can all be greater than ourselves. Without the passion brought by the individuals involved, our production would have been nothing more than a few words stored on my computer’s hard drive.

I am continually amazed at the talent, dedication and love that I am surrounded by in the place that we choose to call home. The City of Rifle, and its surrounding communities, leave me speechless on a continual basis. Thank you, Colorado River Valley. Without you, my life – our lives – would be devoid of something grand: Our friends, our neighbors, our community. Boom.

Todd Sieber

Boomtown Players, Rifle

Gallop appreciation

March For Meals is officially over. The Grand River Gallop 5K Run and Super Hero 2K Family Fun Run and all the Wonder Women, Spider-men, and Hulks can put away their costumes for another year. Thank you to the 217 runners, walkers and supporters (along with all the dogs, strollers and cheerleaders) who participated in the 15th annual gallop on Saturday, April 5. Thank you to Alpine Bank for supporting all of the Colorado River Valley Charity Races. A huge thank you to the gallop’s race sponsors: C.H. Bernklau Charitable Lead Trust, Rifle Rotary Club, Fuller Field Services, FCI Construction, Wagner Equipment, Karen Lucas CPA, The Citizen Telegram and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

We raised over $16,000 this year to benefit Grand River Meals on Wheels, which delivers over 1,000 meals a month to seniors, the disabled and recovering, from New Castle to Parachute. A portion of this year’s proceeds, $1,500, were also donated to Grand River Health’s new “Stayin Alive” CPR training program.

Kaaren Peck

Grand River Meals on Wheels

River cleanup planned

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council is hosting its first annual Colorado River cleanup and needs help picking up litter along the public river banks from South Canyon to Silt on Saturday, April 26. Many areas will be accessible to volunteers on foot, but boaters are especially encouraged to participate. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Grand River Park in New Castle.

The cleanup will be followed by a community barbecue and picnic for volunteers, with burgers, bratwurst and more food, donated by local restaurants, starting at noon.

Volunteers can sign up online at and should wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and work gloves and bring drinking water.

For more information, call (303) 204-4164 or email

Band program donations are key

Rifle High School’s band program has achieved much success in the last five years, due in great part to the contributions of community members and local organizations. The band started with nine members in 2009 and has now grown to over 60. With the help of donations, the band has purchased new marching instruments and uniforms and started a marching band in Rifle for the first time in over 10 years. The band plays at football games, marches in parades, performs challenging music at concerts, competes at regional competitions, travels to state conferences to promote the community and school district statewide, and is known on the Western Slope as one of the strongest band programs. All of this would not have happened without the continued support of our gracious community and RHS administration.

We at Rifle High School would like to express our deepest gratitude to Ryan and Elizabeth McKenzie for their generous donation and the Clough Family Foundation for their donation of $6,000. These donations will help us to play on quality equipment, continue to spread music throughout the city and valley, and make this community proud.

Ryan Monarch

Director of bands, Rifle High School

Final month for seedling tree sales

The Bookcliff, South Side and Mount Sopris conservation districts are offering seedling trees, for a nominal fee, to landowners who own one or more acres and live in Garfield and Pitkin counties. The seedlings and small potted trees can be used for wildlife plantings, reforestation, windbreaks, snow fences and erosion control. The last day to order trees this year is April 29 and distribution will be on May 8. Some species have already sold out.

Call 945-5494, ext. 105, to receive an order form or go to the website at

Card party in Battlement Mesa

BATTLEMENT MESA – Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter IP will host a Card Party at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Grand Valley Recreational Center in Battlement Mesa. Cost is $12 per person and includes lunch at 11:30 a.m. Participants can bring the game of their choice. The organization offers scholarships to local graduating high school seniors.

For tickets, call Marianne Stroop, 285-6000.

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